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Spa News: ISPA Presents Jim Root with Dedicated Contributor Award

ISPA Presents Jim Root with Dedicated Contributor Award

The International SPA Association (ISPA) recently announced that it will present Jim Root with the 2014 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV, taking place from October 13 – 15, 2014.

“Jim is the ultimate cheerleader for the spa industry. Every step of the way he has leant his supportive and motivating attitude to ISPA,” says ISPA President Lynne McNees. “I can’t imagine what the spa industry would have been without his dedication and commitment.”

Adds Michael Tompkins, ISPA Chairman, “Jim’s positive attitude is contagious. He has always been an example of positivity to me as I navigated leadership roles within the association. It is an honor to be able to present such a well deserving award to someone as dedicated as Jim Root.”

Root is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Glen Ivy Hot Springs, a 154-year-old spa and hospitality management company. Between its two locations in Corona and Brea, California, Glen Ivy welcomes some 200,000 guests each year with a team of 300 employees.

With a 37-year career in spa and hospitality management, Root is a past chairman of ISPA. Within the industry, he has been acknowledged for his team building skills, stewarding organizational and operational change and crafting memorable and life-changing experiences for spa guests.

“First and foremost, I’ve always been a member that got engaged and who has stayed connected throughout my career. The community of ISPA is a very real connection in my life, so this recognition is especially gratifying,” says Root.

The ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award is given to an active ISPA member who has contributed significantly to the growth of the association. The recipient will have demonstrated leadership and commitment to ISPA and has extensively assisted in the promotion of the association, as well as its mission and vision.

More information about the 2014 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at

Beauty Brand Balanced Guru Donates 100% of Profits to Charity Connected Warriors

Beauty Brand Balanced Guru Donates 100% of Profits to Charity Connected Warriors

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Limited edition beauty products created for Connected Warriors, a non-profit organization providing free, trauma-conscious yoga therapy for service members, veterans and their families.

Balanced Guru recently announced a new extension to their Giving Back Program, an initiative that features customized, limited edition product collections designed for non-profit organizations to sell to fund their individual causes. Through their Connected Warriors Beauty Line, the Balanced Guru will be donating 100% of the profits from three special products - the Antioxidant Facial Masque, Hair Styling Oil, and Soothing Body Oil - to the charity, Connected Warriors.

Connected Warriors is a non-profit organization that aims to provide free, trauma-conscious yoga therapy for service members, veterans and their families in the United States. Founded on the principles of volunteerism and selfless giving, it is a collection of yoga teachers, business professionals and military veterans who have joined together to honor military men, women and families by making available an effective method of health and well being. The practice of yoga is used as a powerful tool helping Veterans overcome stresses, injuries and unwanted effects of military service.

Balanced Guru Connected Warriors Soothing Body Oil

Baobab, Jojoba and Avocado are rich oils that will leave your skin soft and smooth, while Sesame and Argan will balance your skin and reduce oiliness. Lavender, Orange and Geranium essential oils work together to create a nurturing scent that will linger throughout the day. $30 for 4oz via

Balanced Guru Connected Warriors Hair Styling Oil
Balance frizzy hair without weighing it down with silicones, all while controlling fly-aways with a blend of Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba and Tamanu Oils. See increased shine and manageability. $25 for 1oz via

Balanced Guru Connected Warriors Antioxidant Powder Facial Masque
Colorful berries feed your skin with antioxidants, along with clove and cinnamon to help fight free radicals. In case that wasn't enough, vitamin C will give this masque an extra boost to also help brighten your complexion. $45 for 4oz via

Spa News: ISPA Presents Jane Iredale with Visionary Award

 ISPA Presents Jane Iredale with Visionary Award

Jane Iredale will receive the 2014 ISPA Visionary Award at the 2014 ISPA Conference & Expo from October 13 – 15, 2104 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The International SPA Association will present Jane Iredale with the 2014 ISPA Visionary Award at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. from October 13 – 15, 2014.

“Jane has been a supporter and leader of the spa industry since day one,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “She has made great strides in reaching women of all ages and nationalities and working to improve their self-confidence.”

Iredale is the founder, president and CEO of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. She was the first to supply the aesthetic industry with a full-line of makeup that was good for the skin, and the first to see the potential of offering physicians a makeup that could be used to enhance their patients’ experience after procedures.

“The opportunity to personally call Jane to tell her she was this year’s recipient was such a special moment,” said ISPA Chairman Michael Tompkins. “She is beyond deserving of this honor.”

With a background in film, theatre and television, Iredale witnessed the negative effects that makeup had on models and actresses. This experience inspired her to develop a makeup line that could contribute to the lives of women by aiding the health of their skin. Since the launch in 1994, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics now exports into more than 40 international markets and through the company’s growth has remained true to its original concept.

“It’s hard to find the words to express how honored I am to receive this award, particularly from an organization that I have always respected so highly,” said Iredale.

The ISPA Visionary Award is presented each year to someone in the spa industry who has made significant contributions to both the definition and positive movement of health and wellness over the lifetime of their career.

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Ford Mustang's 50th Anniversary Inspires OPI Nail Lacquer Collection

Ford Mustang's 50th Anniversary Inspires OPI Nail Lacquer Collection

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Ford Mustang, OPI is premiering a new collection of lacquer this July. The collection’s hero shade, Race Red, is a tribute to one of Mustang’s most iconic colors. Over the last five decades, Mustang has gained worldwide popularity and has become an enduring part of pop culture with more than 9.2 million Ford Mustangs sold and roughly 3,000 appearances on film and TV.

OPI Co-Founder and Executive Vice President Suzi Weiss-Fischmann says, “Cars and nail lacquer offer a way to express personality. This new collection will deliver elements of sophistication, luxury, power and style fitting for both OPI and Mustang consumers.”

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Spa News: Las Vegas' First All-Inclusive Beauty Destination to Open

Las Vegas' First and Only All-Inclusive Beauty Destination to Open in Town Squar

LOOK Style Society, slated to open February 21, will be Las Vegas' first and only all-inclusive beauty destination, offering a variety of services for hair, skin and nails within a single location at Town Square, Las Vegas. The glamorous lounge sets the bar high in the world of hair, makeup and skin boutiques by requiring its stylists to undergo extensive training by some of the leading professionals in the industry. The modern and chic environment is influenced by Hollywood glam, featuring a black and white palette with pops of red and cherry wood as well as a display of an iconic beauty star. LOOK will open in two phases to ensure that guests receive the highest quality of services, treatments and products.

Opening Feb. 21:

Sam Villa's HairShow Blowout Bar: The HairShow Blowout Bar will offer fashion-forward trendsetting services in a contemporary salon setting. All stylists are trained by Sam Villa, known as the “hairdressers’ hairdresser,” whose credentials include 30 years of teaching experience, winner of “Favorite Platform Artist/Educator” at the prestigious Stylist Choice Awards in 2007, 2011 and 2012, education artistic director for Redken 5th Avenue and chairman of his namesake digital education and styling tools company. All beauty professionals taught by Villa are known for speed, consistency and creative finishing services. The blowout bar will feature upside-down parasols hung from the ceiling to offer a chic look. Patrons can choose from a selection of services, including Blowouts ($40), Updos ($70), Wedding Up-Style with consultation and trial ($140),The Starlet Blowout for children 12 years or younger ($30), as well as upgrade options such as Sam Villa’s Signature Treatment ($35), Redken Chemistry System ($20) and more. A HairShow monthly membership and Blowout Bundles are available for purchase. To book appointments, visit

essie Nail Lounge: Serving as the Las Vegas flagship essie Nail Lounge, it is the only location in Las Vegas to offer over 300 color options, including every shade in the essie nail color and essie gel collections. Guests will receive a variety of specialty manicure and pedicure services from highly-skilled and essie-educated nail technicians.

Sunless Tanning by Chocolate Sun: Professionally trained spray tan artists will deliver safe, high-quality, sun-kissed Chocolate Sun tanning treatments within two dedicated suites. Chocolate Sun created the first all-natural, organic sunless tanning solution and retail collection, presenting products that are made with organically grown botanicals and herbs, pure essential oils and all natural preservatives.

The Mezzanine Lounge: The Mezzanine Lounge is designed as an ideal setting for bridal parties, social events, product launches, trunk shows and educational seminars that highlight the latest trends within the ever-evolving beauty industry. The lounge also functions as a photography studio for glamorous portrait shots.

Makeup Lounge: Skilled makeup artisans will create the perfect look for day, night or special occasions. Seating up to four guests at once, the lounge will include unique specialty products for all-over face coverage, eyes and lips as well as lash applications and skin care consultations.

Salon Loft: Salon Loft will feature eight stylist stations to offer haircuts and colors while providing an overlook of the trendsetting venue.

The Beauty Boutique: The Beauty Boutique is a retail floor offering a wide selection of beauty products for hair, skin, nails and body. Brand such as Kérastase Paris, Shu Uemura Art of Beauty, Pureology, Redken, Moroccanoil, SkinCeuticals, Sothys Paris and essie will be available for purchase.

LOOK Café: Inspired by a classic French bistro, LOOK Café will seat 12 and serve gourmet Nespresso, Suja Juice, Harney & Sons Fine Tea, a curated selection of artisan chocolates and bakery items from Chocolate and Spice Bakery.

In addition, LOOK will continue to better service its clientele with an expansion slated for this spring. Phase two of the beauty destination’s opening  will feature personal consultations for non-surgical and laser face and body cosmetic procedures at The MedSpa by Dr. Orna Fisher, M.D.; waxing services, facials and anti-aging treatments at The Skin Spa, and precision haircuts and creative styling by highly sought after hairstylists in the private SOCIETY Suites & Stations.

To book a reservation or for a full list of services and products at LOOK Style Society, please call 702.712.4345or visit
To book a reservation or for additional information regarding Sam Villa’s HairShow Blowout Bar, please call 702.712.4348 or visit

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